Chronicles of Nick #8

Intensity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Summary from Goodreads:

IntensityIt’s a demon-eat-demon world for Nick Gautier. Just when he thinks he’s finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can’t find, and even if he did, it’s one he could never bring himself to banish or kill.

Now framed for murders he hasn’t committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames.

The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick’s threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He’s learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don’t take prisoners. The don’t negotiate. And they’re both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.



Confusion is more like it.  I was somewhat let down by this final book in the Chronicles of Nick series.  However I did like the ending, and am looking forward to the next installment of four books that takes us to an older Nick’s life.

My main issue with this final book was the shortness of it.  Most of the other books in the series were around 400-450+ pages.  This one is only around 200 when you take out the pictures and take the huge font and wide margins out.   In fact there were many editing mistakes with this book.  In short this book was not up to the standard quality that I have come to expect from Ms. Kenyon. 

But there were some good points as well.  This book more than the others was non-stop action, with lots of teleporting from place to place, and little down time between fight scenes.  We do finally meet the other Malachai, Cyprian, and discover who he is related to and how he came about.  Nick was just as snarky as usual, especially in times of stress.  He does have to make some tough choices in this book, but he does so with out fuss and once the decisions are made, he follows through with them.

Again there were times that I felt like I was missing something that had maybe been explained in one of the Dark Hunter books. I’ve always known that Nick’s character was a secondary one in the Dark Hunter series, and there were hints that this version of his youth was somewhat different than the one in the DH books, but they always did well on their own with me.  The book also felt rushed and not as well plotted out as the others.  It felt almost like I was reading a Reader’s Digest version, not the full book.  (Sorry, I might be showing my age with that remark.  Look it up if you don’t know what I am talking about.)  

I don’t want to discourage anyone from picking up the series.  The series on the whole was great, lots of great characters, both human and supernatural.  They are funny and action packed.  I love the relationship between Nick and Caleb and how Caleb becomes better demon for it.  I also love how Nick is suppose to be evil incarnate, but unlike the Malachai’s that came before him, he was loved by his mother and others and became a better person because of that.  Overall it is really an exceptional series for the genre that will entertain you.  The writing style is phenomenal with excellent insights into the nature of what it means to be human. 

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